Lil Boosie Indicted While Incarcerated for Smuggling Sizzurp into the Prison

20 Jul
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Rapper Lil Boosie (Image Courtesy of Getty Images)

So Lil Boosie — the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-raised rapper who is apparently doing his level best to live up to his name — was indicted late last week on charges that he tried to smuggle a drug cocktail known as “sizzurp” into Angola, a Louisiana state prison.

Louisiana State police were tipped off on the latest sizzurp smuggling attempt after receiving information from a “confidential source.” According to his hometown’s newspaper, The Advocate, “that source told authorities on April 9 that Hatch instructed Stewart to mix 1 ounce of codeine syrup with a colored soft drink and deliver the bottle to Franklin, the affidavit states.”

An undercover trooper was later given the codeine-laced sizzurp in a Barq’s Red crème Soda bottle.

This is the second time Lil Boosie has been indicted on such a charge, having previously been charged with conspiracy and three counts of possession with intent to distribute narcotics for attempting to bring illegal drugs into the Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson.

Boosie, aka Torrence Hatch, is already serving time on an unrelated drug charge and awaiting trial on a first degree murder charge.

Two other men were indicted as well.

What is purple drank or sizzurp?

Purple drank or sizzurp is a recreational drug that is usually made by mixing prescription-strength codeine-based cough syrup with soda or candy.  The promethazine and codeine-based elixir earned its name because of the purplish color from the dye used in most cough syrups.

A number of high profile athletes have been arrested for the possession of purple drank, including the No.1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, JaMarcus Russell.

Less than a month after being released by the Oakland Raiders in 2010, Russell was arrested at his home for being in possession of codeine syrup.

Though the grand jury later declined to indict Russell on a charge of possession, the quarterback admitted that he had tested positive for codeine shortly after being selected by the Raiders and rumors persisted that his use of the drug has negatively impacted his play.

Johnny Jolly, a defensive tackle and 6th round pick of the Green Back Packers in 2006, has twice been arrested for possessing codeine without a valid prescription and has been suspended by the league since 2010.

Wikipedia and CBS News contributed to this article.

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